After a whirlwind phase of offers streaming from various collegiate programs, Filipino-American cager Ronald Harper Jr. indicated his school of choice a few days ago, with the New Jersey native and son of multiple NBA champion Ron Harper opting to stay in state and play for the hometown Rutgers University Scarlet Knights.
— Ronald Harper Jr. (@ron_harper32) August 11, 2017
Given this development, the 6’5″ shooting guard can now focus on his senior campaign for Don Bosco HS Ironmen this upcoming 2017-18 season, as he looks to end his prep career on a high note.
Banking on a strong performance a season ago, the then-junior got looks from several NCAA Division 1 schools which are the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers, Georgia State University Panthers, Miami University of Ohio Redhawks, Howard University Bison, Fairleigh-Dickinson University Knights and University of Illinois-Chicago Flames and Radford University Highlanders. The Scarlet Knights were the latest to dangle an athletic scholarship to Harper, and it didn’t took long for the young Fil-Am to give his commitment to New Jersey’s state university.
During his 2016-17 season for Don Bosco, Harper had per game numbers of 10.1 markers, 1.5 rebounds and 0.6 blocks in 23 games while serving as an integral piece in the Ironmen’s campaign that culminated with the 2017 New Jersey Non-Public A tournament championship which was the school’s first crown in more than four decades.
Just like his dad during his NBA days, the younger Harper is a solid presence on the defensive end who is capable of generating buckets as well. He is penciled to immediately contribute to the Scarlet Knights once he joins the squad in the 2018-19 collegiate season.
Currently mentored by Steve Pikiell, the Rutgers Scarlet Knights play in the Big 10 conference and accumulated a 15-18 over-all win-loss record at the conclusion of the 2016-17 season. The team however struggled in conference play as they could only muster a 3-15 slate.
Among the school’s famous products in the sport include former NBA player and head coach Eddie Jordan, ex-Sacramento King and Toronto Raptor Quincy Douby, former NBA commissioner David Stern, former NCAA champion coach Jim Valvano, WNBA cager and Olympic gold medalist Cappie Pondexter as well as ex-NBA slotman and KIA Carnival reinforcement Hamady N’Diaye. Cleveland Cavalier and one-time NBA champ Dahntay Jones spent part of his collegiate career with Rutgers before wrapping it up with Duke University.
While Harper’s stint with the Scarlet Knights is still a season away, he is nonetheless putting in work with the 2017-18 HS hoops season about to commence. Check the videos of his play during the summer below:
— HoopMajor (@HoopMajor) August 1, 2017
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